Knife Sharpeners and Steels Buying Guide
Knives can get dull due to frequent use that they need to be sharpened using steel knife sharpeners. Sharpening realigns the knives and keeps them in good condition for a longer time. Sharpening steels saves money as they avoid the purchase of new knives. They not only keep the knives sharp but also keep them rust free.
Types of Knife Sharpeners and Steels
- Sharpening stones are normally one and a half inch thick which are either rectangular or round in shape and are made using various materials like carborundum, Arkansas stones, ceramic wet stones, diamond stones and Japanese water stones. Out of these wet stones made using silicone dioxide and carborundum are very famous.
- Ceramic sharpeners need little maintenance. The white ceramic is used for smoothing the blades while the blue ceramic is for sharpening knives regularly.
- Sharpening steels come with fine, long grinding surfaces and steel shafts that are elliptical in shape. Knife blades are drawn over the grinding surface in arcing motion.
- Manual knife sharpeners are also known as countertop knife sharpeners are found to be very efficient when compared to the sharpening steels. Most of the manual knife sharpeners use abrasive grinding stones that are coated with diamond or tungsten carbide and come with ceramic wheels (heavy duty). These are most often perfect for serrated and straight knife blades. They also come as left-hand and right-hand models.
- Electric Knife Sharpeners are either battery powered or powered using electricity. Perfect for sharpening knives that are used often.
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